Iranian authorities banned members of the late Mahsa Amini’s family from traveling to receive the European Union’s top human rights prize on her behalf. Amini’s death while in police custody in 2022 sparked nationwide protests that rocked the Islamic Republic.

The US-based civil rights monitor HRANA reported at the weekend that the authorities have refused to allow Amini’s father, Amjad, and two of her brothers to fly out to Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Reports said only the family’s lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, would be able to travel to receive the award on their behalf.

The EU award – named after Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov – was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It is “the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights work,” as per the EU Parliament website.

Mahsa Amini was granted the prize posthumously in September.
Amini’s death sparks mass protests

The 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman died after Iran’s morality police arrested her for allegedly violating the country’s strict headscarf law that forces women to cover their hair and entire body.

Her death led to massive protests that quickly escalated into calls to overthrow Iran’s clerical rulers.

Authorities have said many of those detained were released or given reduced sentences.

Source » yahoo